Volkswagen’s ‘Made in India’ compact sedan to be premiered at Delhi Auto Expo

New Delhi, Jan. 11 (ANI): With the 13th Delhi Auto Expo around the corner, auto makers are getting their act together and are finalising what they will showcase and launch at the event.

Volkswagen, on Monday announced that it will unveil three new products at the 13th edition of the Delhi Auto Expo, the Indian compact sedan, the Tiguan, and the Passat GTE.

This line-up underscores Volkswagen’s continued commitment and aggressive growth plans for the Indian market.

The Delhi Auto Expo will see the World Premier of the Indian Compact Sedan (ICS) Volkswagen’s premier sub four-metre sedan, which has been designed specifically for the Indian market, and will be manufactured at the Volkswagen facility in Chakan, Pune.

Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “We are delighted to showcase our enlarged product portfolio for the Indian market at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016, and believe in the potential that each of these carlines hold for this market. With this dynamic product offering, we would also like to re-iterate our firm commitment to the Indian consumer. The Indian Compact Sedan, our made-in-India and made-for-India carline is a truly special offering from the Volkswagen stable and is expected to be a game-changer.”

The Passat GTE, an environmentally responsible plug-in hybrid comes with a highly efficient 1.4-litre TSI engine (115 kW / 156 PS) combined with an electric motor. Fusion of the two drive units generates a system power of 160 kW / 218 PS and enables a driving range of over 1,000 km. In all-electric driving, it can cover over 50 km. This engine ensures maximum fuel efficiency and great performance whilst providing uncompromised driving pleasure. Passat GTE will also offer a preview to the soon to be launched New Passat in India

The Tiguan, Volkswagen’s best-selling SUV in Europe, in its class, is also headed to India.

Further elaborating on the product line-up, Mr. Mayer added, “The premium SUV, Tiguan, yet another highly anticipated product is being showcased, keeping in mind the accelerated growth of the segment that it would be operating in. We will also be introducing the New Passat to the Indian market in 2016. Through the showcase of Passat GTE – we have an opportunity to highlight Volkswagen’s environmentally responsible plug-in hybrid technology.”

The recently launched 21st Century Beetle, powered by a turbocharged 1.4L TSI engine and mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, will also be showcased but not launched in India at the Auto Expo. (ANI)

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